More than a decade later, mother daughter duo still volunteering at Bloomsday

Putting on Bloomsday is at its heart a labor of love. Love for the Lilac City, love for running and getting outdoors and exercising, and for one pair of volunteers, there’s a whole new level to it.

After 12 years of volunteering at the Bloomsday check in and trade show the mother daughter duo of Hayley Steward and Peggy Heinbach is still going strong.

“We just really love it and we keep coming back,” said Steward, “you get to talk to all the different people, and different groups of folks, you meet someone different every time.”

She says the beauty of the race, is that everyone is coming together for a common goal.

“People are coming from around the country, around the world, and its puts our city on the map,” she said.

As for the logistics of working side by side with her mother, its been long established over the decade plus they’ve done so.

“She does the numbers part and I put it in the bag,” said Heinbach.
This year the pair were handing out numbers to the female 56 and up participants and say they’ve spoken with many who have been running the course for decades.

The Bloomsday organizers want to remind everyone that if you plan on being in the starting area, you are only allowed to have clear, see through, plastic bags and water bottles. Camelbacks are not allowed in the starting area either.

They say small fanny packs are permitted.

Most of the roadways along the route will be closed starting at 7:30 a.m. and will be re-opened when the last walker passes.

Roads around the starting and finishing lines will close at 5 a.m. and will be opened back up around 2 p.m. so plan accordingly.

As parking will be tight with thousands of people flooding downtown, STA encourages use of their buses.

They have setup five express shuttles, which begin at Northtown Mall, Spokane Valley Mall, Ferris High School, the West Plains Transit Center and the Cheney/Red Barn.

Drop offs will be on 1st ave. between Post and Stevens.

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